Of all the people involved with UKIP, one person has constantly been at the front of the queue when it comes to scandal and controversy.
Godfrey Bloom, The Ex UKIP MEP became a household name after stories such as “Bongo Bongo Land” and “The Sluts Row” hit national headlines.
Some of the more gullible UKIP members would label Bloom as ” A loveable rogue”. It’s not a term I would use.
Now that Bloom is no longer on the UKIP gravy time, he has to find activities to fill his diary and it looks like he has found a suitable one for the middle of October.
Godfrey Bloom is to be a guest speaker at a Traditional Britain Group conference held in London on October 18th. The fact Bloom is speaking at the event is controversial enough, however Bloom will be sharing a platform with a collection of far right politicians.
Whilst Bloom name does not appear on the original TBG flyer, their website and Facebook page confirm Bloom is a late addition to the roster.
The Traditional Britain Group is a tiny right wing campaign group that has some links to the Ultra right wing of the Conservative Party.
The man who stands at the helm of the TBG is the controversial Gregory Lauder Frost.
Lauder-Frost is a former BNP member and was previously a member of the Conservative Party’s Monday Club as well as the Western Goals Institute. He believes that the UK was wrong when it declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 because the Nazis had no quarrel with our country.
He also believes that the Nuremburg trials where a “farce… without an ounce of legitimacy” and defended the Luftwaffe’s bombardment of Coventry, saying: “Britain had all its small arms and tanks manufactured at Coventry. If you did not want to be bombed you should not have declared war on a country who had no quarrel with you.”
Lauder-Frost was jailed for two years in 1992 for embezzling money from his employers, the Riverside health authority. The court heard he had channelled money into extreme right-wing political causes. It also emerged at the end of the trial that he was implicated in attempts to sell Russian arms to US based far right groups.
The Traditional Britain Group was criticized for overt and disgusting racism after they called for the Labour peer Doreen Lawrence and millions of ethnic-minority Britons to “return to their natural homelands”. Lauder-Frost said of Doreen Lawrence “: “We do not feel there is any merit in raising such a person to the peerage. She’s a complete nobody. She’s just a campaigner about her son’s murder. It’s ridiculous. She has made countless anti-English comments over the last 10 years. She’s no friend of the English people.”
He continued “This woman has done the British nation no favours whatsoever. If these people don’t like us and want to keep attacking us they should go back to their natural homelands.”
Sharing a platform alongside Bloom and Lauder-Frost is the former Croatian diplomat Dr Tomislav Sunic, who has regularly addressed racist gatherings in America and Europe.
In August 2003, Sunic gave a lecture alongside the far-rightist ex-lawyer Horst Mahler, currently serving a prison sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial, at a conference sponsored by Germany’s nationalist far-right party, the National Democratic Party.
Sunic spoke at the BNP conference in 2013 and has also addressed several meetings of the National Front including its 45th Anniversary meeting in 2012 and a meeting in Bradford in 2009.
The Croat sits on the board of the American white nationalist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and is the author of the vile anti-Semitic book, Homo Americanus.
Also listed to speak is a name familiar to Hope not hate readers, Paul Weston, chairman of the miniscule Liberty GB party.
Weston was previously better known as the chairman of the now defunct British Freedom Party, the political wing of the thuggish English Defence League.
Paul Weston is a regular blogger for the “counter-jihadist” anti-Islamic website Gates of Vienna. Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik took inspiration from the website and Weston’s articles claiming that there is a “civil war” brewing in Europe with Islam. When questioned in 2012 Weston admitted that the articles may well have inspired Breivik.
The far right barrister Adrian Davies has spoken at TBG gatherings before and will be again later this month, indeed he spoke at their re-launch meeting in 2010, alongside controversial racist lecturer Dr Frank Ellis.
Davies unsuccessfully represented the Holocaust denier David Irving at the Court of Appeal in 2001 after Irving had failed in a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books.
Previously chairman of the now-defunct far right Freedom Party, Davies is also linked to the BNP and is a regular speaker at meetings of the far right “New Right”. He was one of the founders of the far right farce that was The British Democratic Party.
Godfrey Bloom is still very much a member of UKIP and is very popular in the party, particularly in his old European region of Yorkshire & Humber where he very close to newly elected MEP’s Jane Collins & Mike Hookem. In fact there are a large number of UKIP members in the region who would like to see him back in the forefront of the xenophobic party.
Only time will tell.
A UKIP MEP apologised last night for retweeting a link to a virulently anti-Semitic blog after her party had initially mounted an extraordinary defence of the politician.
Jane Collins, who was elected this year to represent Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, posted a link to a page of an extremist blog attacking Labour’s deputy leader Harriett Harman over allegations an organisation she once worked for had links to paedophile rights campaigners. The opening sentence referred to the politician as a “Jewess” – which she is not.
Featured elsewhere on the blog are vehrmently anti-Semitic posts including one entitled ‘Book review: Jewish supremicism by Dr David Duke’. Another post called ‘Holocaust or Holohoax? 21 amazing facts’ is featured in a list of the site’s most popular posts. Although the UKIP MEP did not retweet any of theses pages, the list is clearly visible alongside every post on the website.
After Jewish News repeatedly pressed the party – which is expected to secure its first seat in the House of Commons in tomorrow’s Clacton by-election – Collins deleted the Tweet and subsequently apologised. “I have deleted my retweet after seeing how vile the cigpapers blog it linked to is. Sorry to have caused offence to the Jewish community,” she wrote on the microgging site. The retweet had remained on her account for three days and for around 24 hours after this paper brought it to the attention of the party.
The about-turn came less than 24 hours after UKIP defended the MEP. After this newspaper’s first call to the party, a UKIP spokesman told the Jewish News “wholeheartedly opposes anti-Semitism” and added: “She is in no way endorsing the blog, or its previous content, which I am sure she has never read or would never read. That somebody is described as a Jewess, whether accurately or not should be of no more consequence, nor should it be any more insulting than saying that Mrs Collins is a Yorkshire-woman, it is merely descriptive not pejorative. Unless of course the Jewish News is suggesting otherwise. If so then an apology would be appropriate.”
And in an extraordinary remark, the party goes on to refer to a listing for a comedy event featured on the Jewish News’ website earlier this year in which the antiquated term is used. It highlights a “5 starred collection of stories-in-song; charting feuding tailors, a Jewess who joins a 1950s Christian cult, a cocaine-addicted rabbi and many more”.
“That the story has been highlighted by a collection of hard left anti-UKIP bloggers and online warriors says more about them than any falsely perceived anti-Semitism.”
It was only after a second call to the party that a UKIP spokesman described the blog as “vile”, though he continued to insist that the term ‘jewess’ was usually “as unloaded a term as Yorkshireman”. He acknowledged this was not the case with this blog.
The Community Security Trust earlier urged UKIP to look closely at the link and apologise. A spokesman said: “It is clear that Jane Collins has made a serious error of judgement. The article’s opening words are ‘Jewess Harriet Ruth Harman’. Above all this, the website itself has two sections, ‘home’ and ‘Join the British Truth Movement – Stop White Genocide’. Another plainly visible link on the site is ‘Holocaust or Holohoax? 21 Amazing Facts’.
“So it is ridiculous for UKIP to claim that this website’s word ‘Jewess’ is merely descriptive; and it is a gross insult to use the Jewish News website as a point of comparison. I hope Ukip will do the responsible thing and issue a sincere apology.”
Board of Deputies Vice President Jonathan Arkush said: “We are amazed by the UKIP spokesperson’s response. Not only have they failed to acknowledge the irresponsibility of an elected politician retweeting an article posted on a white supremacist and racist website , but they totally missed the point that reference to Harriet Harman’s supposed faith was wrong, irrelevant, deeply offensive to Jews and could encourage anti-Semitism.”
The retweet was first highlighted by former JLC chief executive Jeremy Newmark. The specific page posted by Collins to allegations highlighting by the Daily Mail earlier this year that the National Council for Civil Liberties, where she worked as a legal officer, had granted “affiliate” status to a paedophile rights group. The
long-time politician denied claims she had been an “apologist for paedophilia” and, while expressing “regret” at the links which were established before she began working for NCCL in 1978, insisted she had nothing to apologise for.
The UKIP spokesman said: “Let this be a lesson to UKIPers and politicians of all parties, it is deeply unwise to just send a retweet without first checking where it came from. This blog is vile is and it’s beholden to people on people to check their sources.”
Can you remember when UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom embarrassed the party so much that they withdrew the party whip?
The Yorks & Humber MEP was censured after he hit a journalist, threatened a second and labelled female UKIP members as sluts at the UKIP party conference last year.
Well it seems Godders is back or at least it looks that way.
Bloom visited Beverley last week to address a meeting of the Beverley and Holderness UKIP Branch.
Accompanying the abrasive MEP was Mike Hookem, EU candidate and Yorkshire regional chairman and Jane Collins, Yorkshire Regional Manager and Yorks lead candidate for the EU elections.
Has the clown prince of UKIP been disowned by the xenophobic party? It doesn’t look like it.
If you had been following the news today you may have seen the sensational story we posted earlier regarding UKIP’s Commonwealth Spokesman Mujeeb Bhutto.
Bhutto was exposed on the BBC Newsnight programme as the former leader of a gang in Pakistan that was behind a high-profile kidnapping in Karachi in 2004 who then took a £56,000 ransom payment in Manchester.
Bhutto, who regularly appeared as UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman, and as a party representative was jailed in 2005 for seven years.
He organised a trip to a Leeds mosque for party leader Nigel Farage and canvassed with UKIP candidate Jane Collins during the 2012 Rotherham by-election.He was also thought to have been a key organiser behind the recent UKIP regional conference that took place in Bradford in September 2013.
During the ransom negotiations, Bhutto admitted he was “the boss” of the kidnappers and threatened to have the victim’s head cut off and sent to his father.
Bhutto also boasted that his gang had been involved in many kidnappings and claimed even Pakistan leader President Musharraf could not ensure the victim’s safety.
Following his arrest Bhutto named six other members of the gang who have since been tried in Pakistan for kidnapping and sentenced to death.
At Manchester Crown Court, Judge Martin Steiger told Bhutto, who admitted conspiracy to blackmail: “This was an exceptionally grave and carefully planned offence.
“Guns were employed by the kidnappers, the victim was threatened with execution and you came to the UK to avoid the risk of detection in Pakistan where kidnapping is a capital offence.”
The conspiracy began when Ahmed Naeem, the son of a wealthy businessman was snatched by three armed men outside the gates of the family home in Karachi.
Five days later, Bhutto flew to England and made a series of phone calls to the victim’s father demanding a ransom of £500,000 for his son’s release.
Bhutto told the distressed father that he had two months to raise the cash or his son would be killed, telling him “I have the power to give you such torture that you wont forget it for the rest of your life.”
Eventually a ransom of £56,000 was paid and the cash was to be handed over by an intermediary at Manchester’s Arndale Centre car park.
The meeting was arranged and the ransom money handed over. But the intermediary noted the car number and the vehicle was traced back to a house in Leeds by the police.
Bhutto initially claimed his role was just to collect the money, but he eventually admitted conspiracy to blackmail.
So knowing all these facts I was amazed to read one of his Yorkshire UKIP colleagues, Steve Wells attempt to defend the actions of Bhutto labelling them as “borderline heroic”.
Wells, a UKIP activist from the Bradford area described the kidnapper as ” A perfectly pleasant and genuine guy” and claimed his only involvement was that of negotiator.
Writing on an online political discussion group Wells continued “We don’t know the full facts. So it could well be he only discovered the kidnap after the event and then, rather than keeping out of it, bravely stepped in to resolve the situation without loss of the victim’s life (and preventing his stupid, criminal relatives becoming murderers – for all the good it did them). Illegal, yes – but borderline heroic.”
He ended the discussion by claiming that ” Perhaps Mujeeb would’ve preferred the victim hadn’t been kidnapped either. But, finding afterward he had, did his best to get the guy released alive – and succeeded.”
A man who served as UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman for a year is the former leader of a kidnapping gang in Pakistan, BBC Newsnight can reveal.
Mujeeb ur Rehman Bhutto’s gang were behind a high-profile kidnapping in Karachi in 2004 and he then took a £56,000 ransom payment in Manchester.
In 2005, Bhutto, of Leeds, admitted being the gang’s “boss” and was jailed for seven years by a UK court.
UKIP said Bhutto, 35, had “recently” resigned his party membership.
A party spokesman said: “When we recently became aware of possible issues relating to his past and raised the matter with him, he resigned his membership.”
Bhutto regularly appeared as UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman, and as a party representative, in local and national media.
He organised a trip to a Leeds mosque for party leader Nigel Farage and canvassed with UKIP candidate Jane Collins during the 2012 Rotherham by-election.
Bhutto, who said he had left the party in December, told Newsnight he had admitted the charges against him in 2005 rather than risk being sent back to Pakistan and hanged.
“The evidence which was bought against me was from Pakistan. The allegation was simply because of political rivalry,” he said.
He said he planned to appeal against his conviction for conspiracy to blackmail.
Bhutto said he had been granted political asylum in the UK in 2008 and that the case against him in Pakistan had been thrown out by the country’s Supreme Court.
But senior Pakistani police sources insisted that Bhutto was still wanted in Pakistan.
In June 2004, a gang led by Bhutto kidnapped Ahmed Naeem, the son of a wealthy businessman, at gunpoint from a car on a Karachi residential street.
Five days later Bhutto flew to England.
He then negotiated a ransom payment with Mr Naeem’s father, Mohammed Naeem.
“I have the power to give you such torture that you won’t forget it for the rest of your life,” Bhutto said in calls to Mohammed Naeem that were recorded by Pakistani police and reported during his 2005 court case.
Bhutto at one point threatened to have Ahmed Naeem’s head cut off and sent to his father, according to court evidence.
Police in Karachi assisted the victim’s family, and a police source delivered a £56,000 ransom to a car park at Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre. Ahmed Naeem then was released by the gang in Pakistan.
Bhutto was swiftly arrested by Greater Manchester Police in co-operation with Pakistan police.
Ransom in bed
The £56,000 ransom was found hidden in Bhutto’s bed in a house in Leeds, and he was forced to repay it when he appeared in court.
He was sentenced under the name Majeebur Bhutto.
“You came to the UK to avoid the risk of detection in Pakistan, where kidnapping is a capital offence,” said the judge, Martin Steiger.
The other gang members were initially sentenced to death in Pakistan for the offence of kidnapping for ransom, but their sentences were commuted to life in prison in 2007 and one was released.
“Kidnappings have really gone through the roof in Pakistan. It’s the main form of getting money for many terrorist organisations,” said Shahed Sadullah, former editor of The News, part of the bilingual paper The Daily Jang.
“There were two things that were different about this case. One was that there was an involvement with a city which was 5,000 miles away in the UK. The second was that the guys who did it actually got caught.”
In a regional UKIP newsletter from May 2013, Bhutto stated that he had been a member of the party since 2011.
“Our policy in UKIP is not to attack foreign nations, but to work with like-minded parties and support them so there is no export of terrorism to our shores,” he said.
During an appearance on BBC debating show The Big Questions in March 2013, when he was frequently referred to as “UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman”, Bhutto said: “We want controlled immigration where we know who’s coming in, who’s going out.”
Hailed on Twitter
UKIP candidates, associations and official social media channels have previously posted messages indicating that Bhutto had a role as a UKIP representative, beyond being just a party member.
“UKIP have plenty of quality spokesman… Mujeeb Bhutto,” UKIP Bradford and district chairman Jason Smith wrote on Twitter in May 2013.
“Watch UKIP’s Mujeeb Bhutto speak out against mass uncontrolled immigration on the BBC’s Big Question,” read a tweet from UKIP’s official Twitter feed in March 2013.
Jane Collins, said on Twitter in March 2013 that Mr Bhutto was “fantastic on BBC Big Question this am. What an asset for UKIP”.
In the course of the last month, Twitter, LinkedIn and multiple Facebook profiles of Mujeeb Bhutto have been deleted from the internet.
“If you don’t have any discipline and tight screening of candidates, you are perpetually going to be in trouble,” said Matthew Goodwin, of policy institute Chatham House and co-author of Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain.
“UKIP are certainly trying to professionalise, to move away from its more amateurish origins.”
Bhutto said he had now rejoined the Conservative Party, but the Tories said they had no record of that.